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Chances for the honest in honest versus insider trading

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Mauricio Elizalde, Carlos Escudero
Date Updated
2022/05/04
Category
math.PR
Date Published
2021/06/18
Date Retrieved
2022/05/04
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We study a Black-Scholes market with a finite time horizon and two investors: an honest and an insider trader. We analyze it with anticipating stochastic calculus in two steps. First, we recover the classical result on portfolio optimization that shows that the expected logarithmic utility of the insider is strictly greater than that of the honest trader. Then, we prove that, whenever the market is viable, the honest trader can get a higher logarithmic utility, and therefore more wealth, than the insider with a strictly positive probability. Our proof relies on the analysis of a sort of forward integral variant of the Dol\'eans-Dade exponential process. The main financial conclusion is that the logarithmic utility is perhaps too conservative for some insiders.
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https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.10033
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